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Communism did kill, Courtois and his fellow historians demonstrate, with ruthless efficiency: 25 million in Russia during the Bolshevik and Stalinist eras, perhaps 65 million in China under the eyes of Mao Zedong, 2 million in Cambodia, millions more Africa, Eastern Europe, and Latin America--an astonishingly high toll of victims. This freely expressed penchant for homicide, Courtois maintains, was no accident, but an integral trait of a philosophy, and a practical politics, that promised to erase class distinctions by erasing classes and the living humans that populated them. Courtois and his contributors document Communism's crimes in numbing detail, moving from country to country, revolution to revolution. The figures they offer will likely provoke argument, if not among cliometricians then among the ideologically inclined. So, too, will Courtois's suggestion that those who hold Lenin, Trotsky, and Ho Chi Minh in anything other than contempt are dupes, witting or not, of a murderous school of thought--one that, while in retreat around the world, still has many adherents. A thought-provoking work of history and social criticism, The Black Book of Communism fully merits the broadest possible readership and discussion. --Gregory McNamee
Excellent study in future of left wing policies. Shows how lies are swallowed whole (aka Obama, Clinton). Makes Hitler look tame.Published 1 month ago by Frankie H. Jones
Want to see what Communism is really about? This book is must reading!Published 2 months ago by D. M. Martin
Outstanding! A must read which exposes the "true" left's crimes.Published 8 months ago by W.F. McGee
A tremendous compendium of the monstrous
evil---would that everyone knew what is told.
This book is so well written that I reread it two more times and the Introduction and Conclusion another five. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Thufir
I knew about this book back in 1999, when it first appeared in Europe. I've finally gotten around to buying a copy (I have read a number of excerps over the years) and it is more... Read morePublished 15 months ago by James J. Bjaloncik
Heavy duty, man.
I was just checking out that dude Jim Jones and his 918 murdered victims, all delusioned by his promises of a communist paradise in the jungles of... Read more